1867 - September 30, 1954
|Brother William C. Mann has answered roll call in the Great Conference Above, has received his appointment, and is again about his Father’s Business. He is no longer in the retired relationship, for “His strength is renewed as the eagles.” He shall run and not be weary; he shall walk and not faint.
We do not have the record of his early life and activities until his coming to the Southern Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church whose Official Journal contains his appointments, many responsibilities, and achievements. He served Shelbyville charge in 1901-02, was admitted on probation in 1902, was admitted as a full member in 1904, and was ordained Elder in 1906. His other appointments were Auburn and Smithdale, 1903-04; Hughes Springs, 1905-07; North Louisiana District, 1908:. 13; Marshall, 1914; located
1915-20; Supply Polk, 1916-20; readmitted, 1921; Polk, 1921; Noonday and Wesley, 1922-25; Lufkin, 1925-29; Noonday and Wesley, 1929-32; Retired 1932. His acceptance of the local relationship did not interrupt his “active” service to his Lord nor to his church.
When I received my first appointment eighteen years ago, I became acquainted with Brother W. C. Mann retired, serving the Weaver Methodist Church at Flora, Louisiana, just six miles away. He has out-lived his close friends and brethren in his church, so there Is not one of them left to write his memoir. He was reactivated in the Service Above (died, according to our earthly record) on September 30, 1954. He left his home in Hallsvllle, Texas, for his Eternal Appointment.
Brother Mann was a good pastor, wore well upon people, was loved and respected by those whom he served, but his glory and great delight was in the pulpit, telling the good news of Christ, calling sinners to repentance, and offering them the Christ whom he knew as a forgiving, loving Savior. Brother Mann has served acceptably and well the churches that were given to his charge; has served his church as the superintendent of the North Louisiana District; but his greatness was shown in his evangelistic preaching. For this he is known far and wide, and is looked to by many as the preacher who called them from a life of sin to Christian living and service.
Surely the record of this man of God stands with the great, and, after the interruption of a long old age In this world, his service with them Is continuing, uninterruptedly, in the Father’s House.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 165-166, 1954 by Ted Howes.|